John R. Bachofner - Shareholder


John Bachofner's practice focuses on litigation and jury trials, as well as on insurance coverage, product liability, general business, bankruptcy, and creditors' rights issues. He is the chair of Jordan Ramis PC's Litigation Group as well as past chair of the Oregon State Bar's Litigation Section and is a former elected member of the OSB Board of Governors. He has represented individuals and organizations in a variety of state and federal courts, arbitration forums, and agency hearings, as well as in a variety of transactions. Having taken or defended hundreds of depositions, he is frequently involved as an expert or arbitrator in binding arbitration of matters. Since 1996, he has first-chaired a number of jury trials to verdict in trials lasting from one day to as long as two weeks.

Over his three decades practicing law, John has become familiar with the unique challenges faced by large corporations and insurers, as well as small businesses. His work has ranged from representing companies before local regulatory agencies to interpreting complex contracts and insurance policies, to providing day-to-day advice on business or creditor's rights matters. His reputation and breadth of experience has earned him a Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® rating, the organization's highest rating. It has also resulted in his frequent selection as an arbitrator and expert witness.
John is a frequent lecturer at seminars, client and bar-sponsored events with respect to creditor's rights, insurance coverage, business, and litigation matters.
An avid scuba diver since 1982 and a current PADI and NAUI scuba instructor, John combines his passion for the law with his passion for diving by representing local dive shop owners and other diving-related professionals. In this regard, he has provided advice and guidance to the diving profession in business transactions, regulatory work, business advice, and litigation.


  • Education & AdmissionsEducation:
    • B.A., Pacific Lutheran University, 1985
    • J.D., cum laude, University of Puget Sound, School of Law, 1988
    • State of Oregon
    • State of Washington
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
    • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • Memberships & Activities
    • Oregon Casualty Adjusters Association
    • Oregon Association of Defense Counsel (1992-Present); Board of Directors (2012-2014)
    • Oregon State Bar:
      • Board of Governors, Out-of-State Region Member (2016-2019)
      • Procedure and Practice Committee (2013-2015)
      • House of Delegates, Delegate (2000-2015) (2020-Present)
      • Task Force on International Trade in Legal Services (2013)
      • Litigation Section Executive Committee (2010-2019), Chair (2016)
      • Law Related Education Committee, Past Chair
      • New Lawyer's Division Law Related Education Committee (1993-1995)
      • Public Service and Information Committee (1993-1996)
    • Washington State Bar Association, Taskforce on Mandatory Malpractice Insurance (2018-2019)
    • Washington Scuba Alliance, Board of Directors (2010-Present)
    • Camas-Washougal Chamber of Commerce (2004-Present); Board of Directors (2012-2014)
    • Oregon Council on Court Procedures (2009-2017), Chair-elect (2015-2016), Chair (2016-2017)
    • Oregon Law Commission, Auto Insurance Legislation Workgroup, Appointee (2003-2007)
    • Defense Research Institute
    • Multnomah Bar Association
    • Clark County Bar Association
    • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
  • Awards and Honors
    • The Best Lawyers in America®, Litigation - Insurance, 2018-2020
    • Oregon State Bar, President's Public Service Award, 1994
    • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® Attorney
    • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in "Insurance Law" Martindale-Hubbell®


  • Publications
    • Author, "UM and UIM Coverage," Oregon State Bar Insurance CLE, Chapter 21 (2019)
    • Author, "FDIC Insured: What Does It Really Mean?" Vancouver Business Journal (2008)
    • Author, "Federal and State Laws Designed to Curb Identity Theft Impact Business," Vancouver Business Journal (2008)
    • Author, "New Electronic Discovery Rules Impact Business," Vancouver Business Journal (2007)
    • Author, "Impact of New Wireless Communication Limits on Business," Vancouver Business Journal (2007)
    • Author, "Insurance Coverage Considerations for the Business Owner," Vancouver Business Journal (2006)
    • Author, "UM, UIM and PIP Coverage," Supplement Oregon State Bar Insurance CLE, Chapter 19 (2003)
    • Author, "UM, UIM and PIP Coverage," Supplement Oregon State Bar Insurance CLE, Chapter 19 (1999)
  • Articles
    • Oregon Supreme Court Decision Expands Attorney Fee Exposure on Insurance Cases
  • Presentations
    • "UM/UIM Arbitration - Maximizing the Benefits and Minimizing the Pitfalls," OADC Fall Seminar, November 2019
    • Speaker, "Obtaining and Collecting Your Client's Judgment -- Show Me the Money," Oregon State Bar, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019
    • "It's a Whole New World! What's New in Stacking and UM/UIM Set-offs," National Business Institute Seminar, December 2017
    • "From PIP to UIM to Every Lien in Between," Oregon Law Institute, April 2016
    • "How to Effectively Present and Defend PIP and UM/UIM Claims," Multnomah Bar Association, December 2015
    • "Legislative Update and the New World for UM/UIM/PIP Claims," Oregon Association of Defense Counsel, November 2015
    • "Get What You Paid For: Stacking of UIM and PIP under SB 411," Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, October 2015
    • "Negotiation Ethics: Winning Without Selling Your Soul," Oregon State Bar, October 2015
    • "Collecting Judgments in Oregon," Oregon Civil Trial Procedure, Oregon State Bar, September 2015
    • "Legislative Changes to Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist and PIP Coverage," Oregon Casualty Adjusters Association, July 2015
    • "Impacts of Measure 91," Oregon Casualty Adjusters Association, April 2015
    • "Advanced Uninsurd and Underinsured Motorist Issues," Oregon Law Institute, Oregon Association of Defense Counsel, May 2014
    • "Obtaining and Collecting Your Client's Judgment — Show Me the Money," Oregon State Bar 2013
    • "Litigating the Uninsured & Underinsured Motorist Claim," National Business Institute 2013
    • "Collections: Seeking and Collecting a Judgment," National Business Institute 2012
    • "Presenting and Defending Uninsured, Underinsured, and PIP Claims in Oregon," Oregon State Bar 2011
    • "Collections: Seeking and Collecting a Judgment," National Business Institute 2011
    • "Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Law 101," National Business Institute 2011
    • "Common Questions Asked by Adjusters and Attorneys Handling UM/UIM Claims," Oregon Association of Defense Counsel 2011
    • "Recent Developments in UM, UIM and PIP Coverage," Multnomah Bar Association CLE, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2011
    • "Collection Law from Start to Finish," National Business Institute, 2007, 2008, 2010
    • "Advanced Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage," National Business Institute, 2008, 2009
    • "Pleadings and Parties," Oregon State Bar Civil Procedure, 2007
    • "Debt Collection From Start to Finish in Oregon," National Business Institute, 2004, 2006
    • "How to Successfully Collect on Judgments in Oregon," National Business Institute, 2005
    • "Persuasion within the State," OADC Annual Convention, 2005
    • "Auto Insurance Repair," OADC Fall Seminar, 2004
    • "Personal Injury Protection and Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage," IISOI, 2003
    • "Auto Insurance Law and Accident Litigation in Oregon," CLE, 2003
    • "What Every Oregon Lawyer Should Know About Washington PIP & UIM," OADC Annual Convention, 2002
    • "Fundamentals of Oregon Civil Trial Procedure," OSB CLE, 2001
    • "UM/UIM Issues," OADC Annual Convention, 2001
    • "Five Strategies to Reduce Your Bottom Line in UM/UIM Cases," Oregon Casualty Adjusters, 2000
    • "Tips for Defense Counsel and Adjusters in Dealing with UM/UIM Claims," OADC Fall Seminar, 2000
    • "UM, UIM Strategies & Developments," OSB Insurance Law CLE, 1999


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